No other sport is dependent on conditions of play than Cricket where they can be tailored in a way to favor a particular team. Host sides sometimes take this opportunity to a level where the game itself becomes a formality and the result is already known to every spectator. In recent years, most test sides have lost the ability to perform well on foreign lands. South Africa is the only side who has retained their competitive edge to some extent with encouraging results.
India has long been known as a side who have used home conditions to their best advantage with wickets heavily supporting spinners. Pitches breaking up in 1st session of play resulting in total embarrassment of visiting batsmen who fail to even put up decent scores on the board. However, at the end of every home victory, the question is asked that how this team will perform once they will play in overseas conditions, especially in England and South Africa. In the preceding winters, India toured South Africa and managed to win a test, however, lost the series 2 games to one.
Indian Cricket Team is currently on tour to England and is scheduled to play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 5 Test matches. So far, India has won T20I series by 2-1 and is leading the ODI series 1-0 with two games still to be played. These are excellent results considering the strength of England’s limited over squad who has recently demolished the Australian side 5-0 in ODIs and winning the solitary T20I as well. England heavily relies on its strong batting lineup who attack relentlessly and literally bats the opposition out of match. However, they are facing a different dilemma against India. The wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has not only put brakes on the scoring rates of England but also has managed to take wickets on regular intervals.
England offers true batting surfaces for limited over matches with little support for seamers, who usually thrive in English conditions. However, as we enter in drier times of summer in England, the pitches offer more help to spinners which has given a lifeline to Indian bowlers. Their fast bowlers look to contain the runs while the spinners claim wickets.
Moreover, the batting technique of English batsmen has also come under scrutiny as they are unable to pick wrist spinners at the time of delivery. As a result they are deceived more often than not and loss wickets regularly. It is predicted that Indian Cricket Team will win the ODI series as well considering their dominance on the English batsmen. For England to do well, they need to change their approach starting with the conditions. They need to give their seamers a bit of help with the new ball so that Indian batsmen are troubled; however, this is a risky ploy as their own batsmen are prone to mistakes against a moving ball.
Furthermore the bowlers have to start picking up wickets to put pressure on Indian middle order who are not even tested properly in the series. Virat Kohli and his men will be super charged for the remaining two matches of the series and are favorites to win second trophy of the tour.